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  1. Jay H

    Glasgow Celtic.

    Local media here in Australia and some reports in the UK are saying that Ange Postecoglou is now the favourite for the Celtic job. A lot of people who say Ange who? and apparently Celtic fans are up in uproar by the thought. But his pedigree is very good. Currently managing in Japan, he won the league with Yokohama F Marinos in 2019 in just his second season in that league. Before that he led the national team to the 2014 World Cup and won the 2015 Asian Cup on home soil which was a hell of a achievement. That goes alongside his success in the domestic competition which admittedly isn’t the highest standard in the world but certainly is comparable with what you see in Scotland. (FYI he was the manager of Melbourne Victory when Liverpool played in front of 95,000 people at the MCG in 2013 a night still talked about here in glowing terms. He is someone who has a very strong belief in his own ability and is very single minded. He has parallels to Rafa in that if he feels strongly about a issue he will speak out about it potentially damaging his own tenure. He famously quit the national team after qualifying for the 2018 WC after clashing with the top brass. He has always been an ‘outsider’, as Australian Football has been very regressive and comfortable treading water, while Ange is extremely progressive and thinks big. Who knows whether it’s all paper talk and wishful thinking but I am sure if getting the job, he will do a very good job and is a better option than Eddie Howe. And being a massive Red, he will love going head to head with Stevie G.
  2. Good piece on my nomination(s). They seem like good lads esp Sinama Pongolle but despite the raw talent, they just didn’t cut it here. We reportedly trumped United and Arsenal in winning their signature which at the time was a fair effort. Or perhaps those clubs knew something we didn’t. https://scroll.in/field/853546/from-2001-u-17-world-cup-to-liverpool-the-story-of-florent-sinama-pongolle-and-anthony-le-tallec
  3. Distinctly remember this game, we battered a shit Sunderland and this backup goalkeeper played out of his skin, cue the Macho Man puns. Did the same a month later at the Stadium of Light too. Highlight of his career no doubt. https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11669/2250290/reds-frustrated-by-macho-man
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    The 30 Year Wait

    This will be my first. I was 10 when we last won and growing up in a country (Australia) where Football (call it soccer here) was classed as a second class sport so it took a bit of time to develop an interest especially as coverage was minimal (pre internet/ no pay TV etc). USA 94 was when I really began to engage with Football, and not after (95/96) became a fully fledged Reds fan. Went through some tough years in the late 90s but there was just a connection, and the love for the club has grown from there. There have been triumphs and heartbreaks thought that time (with plenty of bleary eyed mornings watching the team) but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Even though I live many thousands of miles away, in many ways I have never felt closer to the team than now. Such a loveable group of individuals led by Jurgen and Hendo but then you’ve got Robbo (personal fav), Virg and the front three etc...... It will be the true culmination of a great journey to get to this point but I am positive it is not the ending either.
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    Keir Starmer

    Speculation is that he is more central. Replacement for Lallana perhaps?
  6. Cooking with Brendan. He will be in his element.
  7. It’s interesting because in Australia where I am they are playing Aussie Rules, Rugby League A-League, while Horse Racing is being run. Think we are the only place in the world where live sport is taking placeat this time. There is no one in attendance bar match officials and some media. Just like the PL, the AFL have said that there is no end-date if there is an outbreak and the season could stretch out to December. There is a big debate about whether it should be going on at all and I understand the argument that people need some joy in their lives at this time, it just doesn’t feel right. We are nowhere near the Europe/China levels at this time, but on the flip side the peak is due to hit here around May just in time for the Winter season. Some parts of the country esp the northern climate haven’t been hit as hard as there is a thought the virus doesn’t thrive in warmer weather. So fingers crossed that is the case and we can lift the much deserved Number 19 sometime in June or July.
  8. This story has more twists and turns than last season’s title race but this is a slightly worrying development, https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-8115083/Top-clubs-anticipate-seismic-financial-hit-Premier-League-consider-abandoning-season.html
  9. I was nine. Living in Australia in the pre-internet and satellite era it was really hard to get a real connection for the game. Basically we were fed scraps like the BBC World Service, the odd newspaper clipping and a weekly highlight show and that’s it. Italia 90 was the moment I developed a real interest for the game and the 92 Cup Final was the first time I watched the Reds live on TV. and by the mid 90s I was a fully fledged Red. Just can’t wait for the moment to see Hendo raise the trophy, it will definitely be a emotional moment,
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    Virgil Van Dijk

    Yeah seems like a false report. https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/latest-virgil-van-dijks-new-16883321.amp?__twitter_impression=true
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    Virgil Van Dijk

    Seems a speculative report with no firm quotes attached but promising nonetheless. https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/virgil-van-dijk-agrees-new-19847000
  12. Robbie played in the A-League for North Queensland and Perth Glory so he knows the landscape pretty well and will have that as a plus over someone like Markus who came here fresh and whose team has struggled this season. Not sure if Robbie sees it as a stepping stone to future management appointments or if he is just coming for lifestyle reason. One thing I will say is that it is what the league needed as it has diminished in interest.
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    A view to the future - Herbie Kane

    Second good piece in a couple of days about one of our loanees. Big day for Herbie and hope he can shine on the big stage against Palace. https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/meet-herbie-kane-liverpool-loanee-14007934
  14. Good piece about Harry and what his future goals are. Jurgen in constant contact too which is a good sign. https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/harry-wilsons-latest-declaration-delight-14004729
  15. The club are saying it is a permanent deal, different to the wording in the Fulham press release. Virtually saying piss off and never come back. https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/336283-lazar-markovic-completes-permanent-move-to-fulham
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